Rice Fest draws many to Lubec

Posted Oct. 15, 2011, at 3:12 p.m.
Harley Avery, 5, of Lubec, paints a pumpkin Saturday morning during the annual Rice Fest at Cobscook Community Learning Center in Lubec. The three-day festival culminated Saturday and was established to honor the memory of Wayne and Lorraine Rice, dedicated volunteers who were killed in January 2010 in a Route 9 car crash.
Harley Avery, 5, of Lubec, paints a pumpkin Saturday morning during the annual Rice Fest at Cobscook Community Learning Center in Lubec. The three-day festival culminated Saturday and was established to honor the memory of Wayne and Lorraine Rice, dedicated volunteers who were killed in January 2010 in a Route 9 car crash.

LUBEC, Maine — Dozens of families and other visitors honored the memory of Wayne and Lorraine Rice of Pembroke Saturday at the Rice Fest held in their name at the Cobscook Community Learning Center.

CCLC offers education, recreation and cultural classes and workshops on its campus for both adults and children, including an alternative high school.

The Rices were killed in January 2010 in a car crash just east of Aurora on Route 9. They were dedicated volunteers at CCLC and the center’s headquarters bears their name.

After the couple attended a weeklong class in folk music in 2004, they were hooked, CCLC spokesperson Penny Guisinger said Saturday. “Wayne and Lorraine were all about people having access to educational and cultural activities,” Guisinger said. “That is why nearly every event offered today is free.”

Dozens of events were held across the CCLC campus, from artisanal bread baking in the Commons to pottery and Passamaquoddy bead work in the Studio and fiber arts in Rice Hall. Outdoor tents were abuzz with cider pressing, cheese making, soap making, Passamaquoddy arts such as leather work and ash and sweetgrass baskets, sea glass jewelry and wood turning.

Outdoors, visitors were learning to construct a dry stone wall, weaving on an earth loom and working on timber framing.

At the bandstand, ten musical acts ranging from the Orange River Jazz Band to the Little Eagles and Sipyak Dance Troupe performed throughout the day and into the evening.

Kara McKrimmon of CCLC said that not only does the annual festival honor the Rice family, “but it celebrates local culture, community and creativity as well.”

For more information about CCLC, go to www.thecclc.org.

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